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-class background and i grew up 20 odd years ago in an environment that made it hugely difficult for me to be open and honest and upfront with my family, friends and workmates about the choices i wanted to make in life and the people wanted to see. that was unacceptable 20 odd years ago, and unacceptable today but for hundreds of thousands of people across the country remains the case. i stand to welcome this historic legislation which i think will end discrimination and send a signal that this house values everybody equally across the country and that signal will deeply affect those people like me at 20 years ago who saw this house vote to equalize the age of consent, the first time i saw on the tv screen other gay people for the first time to speak out. i realized i was not alone and it changed my life. we should remember thousands of gay men and women were put to death in concentration camps 40 years ago, thousands more were criminalize, their lives ruined. 30 years ago we still had people being subjected to scientific torment in search of a cure. we have have a long way in a short space of tim
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